Friday September 20, 2013 | 08:27 AM

Nice to see that the Red Sox did not celebrate much after clinching a playoff spot Thursday night. A bigger celebration could come tonight if they clinch the AL East. But there is still more work to be done, as in obtaining home-field advantage throughout the post-season by having the best American League record.

Before we get to the numbers, just a note on today's column. We focused on Boston's catcher, one of the team's new leaders, having replaced the guy with a C on his jersey. Did you know the Red Sox are going to the playoffs without a catcher named Varitek for the first time in 18 years?

And now the numbers:

Red Sox 93-61
Rays 83-69 (9 games back)

To clinch the AL East: 1
To clinch the best record in the AL: 7

Boston (8): Blue Jays (3), at Rockies (2), at Orioles (3).
Rays (10): Orioles (4), at Yankees (3), at Blue Jays (3).

Division Leaders
Boston 93-61
Oakland 90-63
Detroit 89-64

Wild Card
Tampa Bay 83-69
Texas 83-69
Cleveland 83-70 (0.5 game back)
Baltimore 81-71 (2)
Kansas City 80-72 (3)
New York 80-73 (3.5)


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